Scrappy-Doo (Lennie Weinrib)

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Scrappy-Doo (Lennie Weinrib)
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Remove the S, capitalize the C, replace the D with a P, and what do you get?
Gender: Male
Type: Selfish 'Tough' Puppy who's responsible for coining the trope "The Scrappy"
Species: Dog
Portrayed by: Lennie Weinrib
Status: Alive
Media of origin: Scooby-Doo


Scrappy-Doo is a fictional Great Dane puppy created by Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1979, with the catchphrases, "Scrappy Dappy Doo", "Lemme at 'em!" and "Puppy Power!". He is the nephew of Hanna-Barbera cartoon star, Scooby-Doo. Scrappy has appeared in a number of the various incarnations of the Scooby-Doo franchise. Lennie Weinrib provided his voice for one season in 1979, and from 1980 on it was performed by Don Messick (who also voiced Scooby). In the first live-action theatrical movie, video games, and commercials, he was voiced by Scott Innes. Scrappy was able to save the show's ratings which by 1979 had begun to sink to the point of cancellation threats from ABC.

Why He Really Is a Scrappy

  1. He mostly existed to save the declining ratings of Scooby-Doo, but also contributed to the downfall of the franchise.
  2. The way he tries to challenge monsters much stronger than him to a fight is overwhelmingly annoying and predictable.
  3. His catchphrases like "Let me at em" and "Puppy...Power!" get old in no time.
  4. His design, while kinda cute, feels unoriginal and pointless, with it being deliberately intended to look like a miniature or infant version of Scooby-Doo.
  5. His character generally feels out of place in the gang. While the gang is cowardly or resourceful, Scrappy is mostly noisy and obnoxious, and sometimes messes with the flow of the episode.
    • Not helping is the fact that following his first appearance, and despite improving after the original 1979-1980 season that introduced him, he basically replaced the roles of Fred Jones and Velma Dinkley (whom are basically the brains of the Mystery Inc.) and Daphne Blake as the main characters of the Scooby-Doo franchise with Shaggy Rogers and Scooby-Doo being the only main characters which stayed on, especially in his earliest appearances, though Daphne, Fred and Velma are eventually slowly restored back into Scooby-Doo franchise as the series progresses.
  6. He acts way too loud, that he hurts.
  7. He has a big ego, and he is often oblivious to Scooby's fear.
  8. Despite being absolutely hated, he was even made the villain in the first live action Scooby-Doo movie in order to mock his low popularity. He was originally an obnoxious and brave puppy with plenty of redeeming qualities in the Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979) cartoon, but then he improved, where his good counterpart was a brave, kind, smarter, and only occasionally annoying puppy in the 1980s Scooby-Doo cartoons. However, his live-action version was horribly flanderized into an intentionally obnoxious and insufferable jerk with absolutely zero redeeming qualities whatsoever who holds an intense grudge against the entire gang (including his uncle Scooby) in the live-action film. There was also a scene where he provided toilet humor, as he urinated on Daphne.
    • Scrappy may have been an obnoxious character in Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979), but not to this extent of being diabolical like how writer James Gunn and Warner Bros. made him out to be in the 2002 live-action film, all because both James Gunn and Warner Bros. hated the character.
    • In fact, after the movie, he never came back in the Scooby-Doo franchise, except for brief cameos where he only exists just to reflect on how hated he has become after said movie by either having the onscreen characters hate him, have something bad happen to Scrappy for no reason whatsoever, or have Scrappy be an angry jerk to other characters, or both, thus completely downgrading this character.
  9. His voice performance by Lennie Weinrib is below average and pretty annoying with very little emotion and effort put into it, as he also speaks in an unnecessary Brooklyn accent.
  10. This infamous Cartoon Network bumper where he rants and holds grudges towards all the toons of the Cartoon Network on how he has been largely ignored by Cartoon Network, including the infamous scene of him making Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory cry at the end of the bumper. Keep in mind that this Cartoon Network bumper was produced and aired around the same time as the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo film which completely ruins Scrappy's character altogether to become even worse than he previously was.
  11. Unlike his uncle Scooby or his other relatives, he doesn't even at the slightest look like a Great Dane, since his head looks like an American Terrier's while his body resembles a dachshund.[1]

Redeeming Qualities

Note: These redeeming qualities only apply to his original 1979 counterpart.

  1. As the series progressed after Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (1979), and when Don Messick took over the role, Scrappy started to become a whole lot better portrayed as he became more nicer, his ego decreased, he was more observant, and did many helpful things, such as stopping monsters. He also began to know when to not pick fights with villains, and when to pick fights with villains. This is unlike most TV shows, which don't understand that a certain character is bad. Well...until the 2002 movie that is.
  2. He is very friendly to a lot of those he meets.
  3. He is shown to be a quite good fighter whenever he has any actual action scenes.
  4. He saved the Scooby-Doo franchise's ratings from sinking completely.
  5. He is at least braver than most of the gang. He is cocky but brave.
  6. Like a good dog, he's loyal and cares about his friends, especially his uncle.
  7. He's proved to be quite smart and resourceful on occasion.

Trivia

  • Similar to Ned Flanders and Flanderization, the unlikable character TV trope is named after him.
  • The reason Scrappy-Doo is such a hated character is because he is one of those characters that have their flaws presented and exaggerated so much that it makes him seem more hated, and it causes other people to join in the hate. Warner Bros decided to join in on this hate, and for years they have constantly been bashing Scrappy by removing him from advertisements, trailers, and DVD and VHS covers. They even went as far as to make him the main antagonist of the first live-action film, in an attempt to ax the character from the franchise entirely, and they succeeded. And they portrayed him as an unlikable character in the TV promos.
  • After the live-action films, he was never heard from or seen again, aside from a few cameos that get mocked; in Scooby-Doo: Mystery Incorporated, Fred tells Daphne to stay away from the Scrappy-Doo statue and promises that they will never speak of him again, and in Jellystone!, Scrappy-Doo appears on a milk carton in the episode "Bleep".

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